Many health organizations, such as the United States Centers for Disease Control, recommended caution when consuming raw or undercooked meat because they may contain dangerous parasitic organisms that would normally be killed upon cooking to an adequate temperature. Experts recommend avoiding raw produce when visiting parts of the world with poor sanitation.
Cooking meat kills tapeworm parasites and prevents an infection from occurring. The meat must reach at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit in order to ensure that any tapeworm eggs and larvae have been killed. The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cooking meat products until the juices run clear or to an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit in order to kill Trichinella larvae.
Individuals not accustomed to eating certain exotic or unusual foods may experience digestive upset after consumption of these foods. A healthcare provider should be contacted if an individual experiences side effects from consumption of exotic foods.